OU Student “Vudu Kat”: Saving Hip-Hop One Day at a Time

“Vudu who?”

Vudu Kat, also known as Alex Clark ’11, and, armed with a videocamera and a Facebook fan page, Clark was poised to restore the genre to its golden days—the music of the 80s.  It’s what old-school hip-hop heads call “the real hip-hop,” characterized by the artist’s meaningful rhymes born of inspiration, passion, and protest— a distant relative of today’s hip-hop scene.

Oglethorpe Blog heard about the lyricist (no one calls them rappers anymore) at OU’s Student Activities Fair, and Vudu Kat shared with us his latest project at the time, a “freestyle” video diary that he’ll perform once a day, for one year.  Since starting the project, Clark’s Youtube channel rose in popularity, and caught the eye of Del, one of underground hip-hop’s most popular artists.  The two worked on a collaboration in October 2010.

Clark says he got the idea from a colleague, who had mentioned that she wanted to write a single piece of poetry once a day for a week, but ran out of ideas.  Clark’s problem was the exact opposite.  “I have never been faced with a moment when I didn’t have a random or creative idea…I usually have around 20 things in my mind at once and have trouble sticking to one.  I think doing a daily video and verse help me to relieve myself of some of that pent-up creativity and it would be fun to have something to show for it.”  Continue reading